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Grateful Dead Live at Forum Theater on 1981-10-08


Topics Live concert


Feel Like A Stranger, They Love Each Other-> CC Rider, Cumberland Blues, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Althea, Cassidy, Loser, The Music Never Stopped Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Around & Around-> Johnny B


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Forum Theater
Location Copenhagen, DE

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD: CM > CASS > DAT > Pro CDR

Notes

SBD: CM > CASS > DAT > Pro CDR; via Neil Sturvetant; John Martin; Alasdair Macdonald; Seeded to etree by Matt Vernon

Reviews

Reviewer: mkg71 - - October 8, 2014
Subject: Is nobody noticing the flat playing or out of key singing?
I'm listening to this show right now, and cringing while listening. Sound quality isn't all that great, and they're playing like they're all on quaaludes. Now, I know some people complain about tight shows done in a slower tempo, but this is not one of those cases. I actually enjoy those sets. This one is different, though. Such uninspired playing...
Reviewer: utopian - - March 31, 2010
Subject: Very different sound
Much of 80-81 fell into a pattern for me. This seems to break the pattern into a departure from the past 1.5 years. Some of it is very explorative and jammy.

Sound is ok
next night has better sound quality
Reviewer: bigboypeete - - June 30, 2005
Subject: potent show
a strong show from 81 with a very good scarlet>fire, that is if u like them dripping with pychadelic feavor, sound is not bad ive seen AUDS with worse sound held in higher regard
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - June 7, 2005
Subject: One of the best 3's on this site
Sound is not great, that said this is perfect background music for a long project and has exceptional jamming - The reviewers here that praised this show are dead on cumberland, music the first set rocks but it is set II which really crushes it scarlet>fire is long and really drippy with an exceptional playin. This is very definately worth listening to and a 5 easily with a better copy - take it to the bank I have heard hundreds of shows on this site - thanks again LMA!
Reviewer: bigbeahner - - February 20, 2005
Subject: ????????????????
I avoided this show due to some comments made about the quality...... Now I'm kicking myself in the ass for that... The sound of this show is typical for this era, sounds fine to me..... Killer preformance on all levels..
Reviewer: DeadheadDenmark - - January 29, 2005
Subject: Going deep...
Hi out there
I remember to things from my only GD show in Forum 81. The 3-4 front rows was empty until 5 min before showstart. Then in came the local HA...and then the band arrived. I didn´t knew they was a bikers band, but ok - the drugs that killed some of the boys should come from somone...
The music: I did not connect with the music in the first set. I remember beeing a bit dissapointet. And then came Fire on the mountin...
By hering the show again i understand that Athea and Scarlet had waked me... and then live was GOOD. When GD goes deep into the musick they are god...No the Bedst!!
Reviewer: Alpine7784 - - November 16, 2004
Subject: Show is great, Soudboard mix sucks
While I think this show has some inspired playing, the soundboard mix of this show is extremely uneven. Jerry's vocals are inaudible on several tracks, Phil's bass and Bob's guitar are just not present, and even Jerry's guitar mix is quite uneven. It almost sounds as if whoever was in charge of recording the show only had a limited amount of channels available, and just tried to make do with what they had; instrument and vocal levels are constantly fluctuating, depending on who has the solo.

There are other shows from the Europe 1981 tour that are mixed much better, especially 10-4-1981 London. I'd look elsewhere for a Europe 1981 show and skip this one. Great musicianship...too bad you can't hear a lot of it.

--Sean K.
Reviewer: TimePilot - - October 8, 2004
Subject: Stranger...
No doubt! Undeniably one of the trippiest shows of 81. Check out that second set! Scarlet>Fire is a whopping 30 minutes!!! The drums are very powerful. Excellent jam after Terrapin. Great sound quality. I rarely give 5 star ratings, but this one deserves it...
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